Patrolman Charles D. Potter

Patrolman Charles D. Potter

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Friday, July 22, 1921

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Charles D. Potter

Patrolman Charles Potter drowned while rescuing his daughter and nephew from drowning.

Patrolman Potter was off-duty and in civilian clothes at West Creak in Babylon, Suffolk County, when he heard his daughter and nephew, who was swimming the creak, scream for help.

Patrolman Potter entered the water. His nephew was able to swim to the shore on his own, but Patrolman Potter's daughter needed assistance. Patrolman Potter grabbed hold of his daughter and began to move back to the shore. As he moved closer to the shore, he stepped into a hole and was unable to free himself. The water was above his head, so he held his daughter above the water so she could breathe. She called out for help, and two citizens jumped in the help. They were able to bring Patrolman Potter's daughter to safety, but Patrolman Potter Drowned.

Patrolman Potter was assigned to traffic control on the Queens Borough Bridge. His daughter survived him.


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  • Badge 6864

Incident Details

  • Cause Drowned

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Patrolman Potter,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of New York City.


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